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A summary of our series of blog posts on the job market

We’ve finished posting this year’s Doctoral Students’ Workforce Blog Post series, so we thought we’d take a look back, as well as link to all the posts in one place to that we have them for easy reference in the years to come.


This year, we received 30 submissions before our deadline. This was down a bit from the 48 submissions we received last year and the 42 submissions received in 2019, and made us wonder if the overall supply of development candidates in the market is down. this year, or so just less were interested in blogging. their papers. John Cawley from the AEA Labor Market Committee recently tweeted that the overall new job applicant counts on JOE were 2.8% lower this year than in 2020 and 17.8% lower than in 2019. We also received less (but still a lot) of applications to the Development Research Group. So, we think there are probably fewer candidates for development, especially those doing fieldwork or market impact assessments this year due to mobility restrictions, but maybe we are too simply less popular.

The 30 submissions came from 18 men and 12 women, at 22 different universities located in the US, UK, Canada and Italy. So we need to do a better job of getting the word out to students at other universities, both in Europe and elsewhere in the world. The main methods used were differences in differences (8 articles), RCT / laboratory field experiments (7 articles), IV (6 articles), RDD (4 articles), then a handful of structural models, models of panels or cases difficult to classify.

Of those 30 submissions, we posted 16 (53%) which is the highest acceptance rate we have had in the past five years and in part reflects the fact that the quality of the submissions was very good. and that there was less choice.

Key areas where we felt improvements in presentation were needed

Most of the writers followed most of our guidelines and suggestions. Still, we’re still making a round or two of suggestions and edits to help applicants polish and clarify their blog. Along with blogging about a new job, some of the issues are ones that we think might be of use to people preparing for job interviews as well. The main specific issues that have been raised a lot this year have been:

· New methods that take into account the old ways of doing things are not just robustness checks to be relegated to appendices, but should often be emphasized / central: We received a number of submissions using instruments of difference, difference and sharing, two areas in which many recent theory papers have highlighted problems that can arise with standard approaches and suggesting improvements. In numerous articles on the labor market, we have found that students do not immediately engage in this literature, but often relegate it to a section or appendix of robustness. Rather, we suggest that these aspects be given more emphasis or be central to the document. While reading blogs, these methods were also a sidebar. As a specific example, when reading articles IV on sharing changes, we wanted people to take a stand as to whether they wanted to use an approach that assumed exogenous shares or exogenous changes, which is what it does. meant for the effective amount of variation and inference, and what this assumption supports. By the way, looking at the wider set of articles on the labor market in applications through JOE, it is clear that the TWFE DD revolution has not spread as well to other areas of the economy, such as trade or macro.· Too much emphasis on signs and meaning, and not enough on magnitudes and the interpretation of magnitudes: that was one of the points we noted last year as well, and continues to be the case. Many of the summaries were of the nature “intervention X helped increase completion by disadvantaged students, especially girls” or “policy X had the unintended consequence of actually decreasing school completion. result Y ”. But often it was not clear what the magnitude of this effect was in absolute terms, and how the magnitude compares to the magnitude of the problem, the effects of other policies, etc. The one-off increase in enrollment for disadvantaged boys is a start, but how much is the gap narrowed, how does it compare to other approaches, etc.· Need a succinct and clear text on the main research question, the intervention or policy to which it relates, and definitions of the main findings. Many of the suggested changes helped people refine these areas. Often, word limits have been given to explain the lack of clarity, but we think this is where the tips for avoiding a lot of general clearing of the throat / too much motivation and getting straight to the point is helpful in the process. both for blog posts and for the job market elevator pitch. Indeed, it may be helpful to sit down and ask yourself if my main storyline is clear? Did I leave out the superfluous details (no matter how much work those details reflect)? Another option is to run the scenario by your parents (especially if they are not economists).

We again thank all applicants who blogged and wish everyone the best in the workforce.

Here are all the articles:

1. The role of the financial sector in improving household health: guest article by Kim Fe Cramer2. Governing the Difficult Beginnings of a Resource Boom: How Are Local Governments Responding to Oil Discoveries? Blog invited by Erik Katovich3. Fancy ceremonies in developing countries… but how are they financed? And what are the economic consequences? Guest post by Mizuhiro Suzuki4. Illusionary Transparency: Does Video Election Surveillance Promote Democracy? Guest post by Anastasiia Faikina5. The economic consequences of the downgrading of migrants in Colombia: guest article by Jeremy Lebow 6. Deported Home: How the Forced Removal and Return of Mexican Migrants Affects Local Mexican Workers: Guest Message from Thomas Pearson7. Improving tax administration and compliance by designating companies as withholding agents: guest article by Pablo Garriga8. Are our neighbors really that curious? Investigating Local Well-Being Information in Small Rural Communities in Central Java: Guest Blog by Carly Trachtman9. Does providing employment opportunities to women decrease the violence they face from their partners? Testimony of Rwandan coffee grinders: guest article by Deniz Sanin10. It takes two to play tango! Land rights, access to credit and resource allocation. Guest post by Kristina Manysheva11. Hindu-Muslim relations in an Indian factory: guest article by Arkadev Ghosh12. The family first, the state last: bureaucratic nepotism in a modern state. Guest message from Juan Felipe Riaño13. Stumble at the Finish Line: Misperceptions and Completion of High School in Argentina. Guest post by Carolina Lopez14. Are parents’ investments in education distorted by inaccurate beliefs? Guest post by Tianqi Gan15. Is this what I think or do I think my peers think: tackling sexual harassment. Guest post by Karmini Sharma16. A holistic approach to addressing intimate partner violence among marginalized women in urban Liberia: guest article by David Sungho Park


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